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The elite Catholic college, launchpad to many illustrious alumni, will be open to all-comers

Cuts will damage society, warns TUC

The TUC today issued a dire warning to the coalition Government that its "reckless" policy of spending cuts would cause "irreparable damage" to Britain's society.

Cuts could spark poll-tax style riots, says TUC union boss Brendan Barber

Brendan Barber, the TUC general secretary, has predicted poll tax-style protests when the Coalition Government's spending cuts start to bite.

London braced for travel chaos

The first of a wave of strikes by London Underground workers in rows over pay and jobs will start today, threatening travel chaos for millions of passengers in the coming week.

Andrew Grice: Senior figures have now accepted that talking to the coalition is better than shouting from sidelines

Analysis: Despite the inevitable public sector cutbacks and clashes ahead, some union pragmatists have expressed a sneaking admiration for David Cameron

Leading article: It's good to talk

There are two dynamics within modern British trade unionism. The one that grabs the headlines is the labour movement in confrontational mode. We have had some of that, with talk of a series of strikes in protest at public spending cuts to force the Government to change direction. But as we report today there is another less bellicose face, in which moderate union leaders have been holding private talks with senior Tories, leading to a planned meeting between the Prime Minister and the TUC general secretary Brendan Barber.

New A* grade for 1 in 12 A-levels

A desperate scramble for university places was under way tonight, as sixth-formers across the country celebrated another record-breaking year of A-level results.

Margareta Pagano: Don't even think about banning the right to strike

Unions and bosses should work together to keep jobs

Mary Dejevsky: Let's not fight this gender war

Women move into the public sector not just because this is where 'women's' jobs are concentrated, but because they see it as more reliable, responsible and humane

Reform of benefit system could see introduction of London weighting

Benefit levels could be varied around the country to reflect the cost of living in different regions under plans for a radical revamp of the welfare state.

TUC cancels Vince Cable's invitation to be guest speaker

His speech looked set to be as brutally received as Patricia Hewitt's in 2006, when she was forced to abandon her address to the Royal College of Nurses conference.

Ministers face anger over scrapping retirement age

The Government was facing mounting anger from business groups tonight over plans to phase out the so-called default retirement age (DRA) of 65 by October next year.

Economy surges on services and construction sectors

The UK economy made a stunning advance between April and June with the strongest growth in more than four years, official estimates showed today.

Budget tax changes 'to cost some families £1,000'

Half a million working families will lose more than £1,000 under technical changes to tax credit allowances in last month's emergency Budget, according to new research today.

Tax credit change 'will cost families £1,000'

Half a million working families will lose more than £1,000 under technical changes to tax credit allowances in the emergency Budget, according to research by unions.

Cameron promises 'people power revolution'

The public will today be urged to suggest their own spending cuts as the Government steps up its search for billions of pounds of savings.

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